The Little Paris Bookshop

The Little Paris Bookshop

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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""There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies--I mean books--that were written for one person only...A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that's how I sell books." Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened. After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country's rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself. Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people's lives"-- Provided by publisher.
""A book is both doctor and medicine. It makes diagnoses and provides therapy. Bringing the right novels together with the appropriate people is the way I sell books."
Publisher: New York : Crown, 2015.
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VaughanPLKim Dec 16, 2016

I really enjoyed the "literary apothecary" aspect of this book, especially the book prescriptions at the end. The scenery of the French countryside is beautifully described. Jean Perdu's journey is a reminder not to let life pass you by.


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Jan 11, 2020

Paris**

IndyPL_MikeH Oct 16, 2019

Well...I never gained interest in the constantly ruminating main characters. Nor was the plot viable as Jean Albert the twenty year Paris bookseller decides on a whim to unmoor his bookstore/barge and travel down the Seine. I am a glass half full kind of guy. I did like the descriptions of the French countryside. But was it worth the trip?

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StrangelyExuberant
Sep 20, 2019

There is so much that could be written about this book. This book is the most beautiful book I have read this year or ever. The locations, the love, the books. One thing this book inspires.... love. Find love in life for another, for a place, for something you like to do, food, etc. Find the loves in your life would be a perfect description of this story.

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vkreads
Sep 01, 2019

... a profound book .... a profoundly beautifully written novel.
It was also on the bestseller list in many European countries. The English translation is lovely.

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Karen_Lewis
Mar 07, 2019

floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, books as medicine.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 16, 2019

A good book for book lovers who believe that certain books can come at the right time in life. Also, if you love adventure and the Europe scenery.

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ellenmargaret1953
Feb 08, 2019

Follow Monsieur Perdu as he takes his bookstore barge and passengers on a trip through the French waterways slowly revealing his story of the love of his life and his loss years ago. Perdue undertakes his trip to heal and to discover his path forward. You will be entertained by his shipmates and the people he meets along the way. Wise and heartbroken he uses hi books to heal those he meets. Several great twists are thrown in just as real life is the same way. Nina George is a facile writer with a natural movie plot for characters and of course, a beautiful setting in France. Reading binge worthy.

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TipsyDanger
Dec 11, 2018

This just might be the most profound, life-changing book I ever read in my life. Nina George paints the world with indescribable beauty and realism. The language is simply delicious, and her imagery will come alive in your mind. This book made me weep for the sheer pleasure of the experience, and again in mourning upon its completion.

Monsieur Perdu spoke to me in a way I had never dreamed to be spoken to, and understood me more completely than could have ever hoped. George created such a beautiful, flawed cast of characters that are more three dimensional than many people I have encountered in real life. This is a book I will read many many times in the course of my life, and I am certain I will learn something new with each reading.

I simply cannot recommend this book enough. Artistic souls, bleeding hearts, and hopeless romantics, you will not regret this book.

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Cooper_Erin
Aug 01, 2018

I enjoyed this story of a man who had to set out on a journey to find himself and find peace with his past. A fun read especially if you are a visual reader. This book made me want to go to France and boat down the canals.

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JLee237
Jul 09, 2018

A novel similar to Eat, Pray, Love. I believe this book was translated to English - would have been a more beautiful novel in its original language.

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siammarino Sep 15, 2015

Monsieur Perdu owns a bookshop on a barge in Paris, but he casts off down the canals with Max, a young man with writer's block. Both find solace escaping Paris, and at the end find love.

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Liber_vermis
Mar 30, 2018

"'Fear transforms you body like an inept sculptor does a perfect block of stone,' Perdu heard Vijaya's voice say inside him. 'It's just that you're chipped away at from within, and no one sees how many splinters and layers have been taken off you. You become ever thinner and more brittle inside, until even the slightest emotion bowls you over. One hug, and you think you're going to shatter and be lost.' If Jordan [Perdu's young friend] ever needed a piece of fatherly advice, Perdu would tell him: 'Never listen to fear! Fear makes you stupid..'" (p. 130-131)

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